As an avid user of sample sales and discount sites such as Haute Look, Gilt, Groupon and Living Social, I am always searching for a good deal. I’m addicted to getting things for much less than they were originally worth. It suits my new recessionista attitude quite well, so you can imagine how happy finding Overstock.com’s vacation section last month. Overstock lists luxury hotel rooms at a fraction of what they would normally cost. If I had to guess, I’d say that these are rooms that are difficult to sell during the off-season, so hotels offer them at deep discounts.
For example, an eight-day, seven-night stay at a five-star hotel in Beijing, China costs all of $227. A four-day, three-night stay in Las Vegas, Nevada costs $199. Isn’t that ridiculous? Of course, if it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it kind of is. These prices do not reflect the cost of airfare, shuttles/car rentals, meals, or travel insurance, so before you book your room, check a site such as Kayak.com or CheapoAir.com for fares that suit your budget. Also, be sure to book your flight early in the week, rather than later. According to the Wall Street Journal, you’re more likely to find a more agreeable fare on Monday or Tuesday.